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"Desvelar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to keep awake", and "revelar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to reveal". Learn more about the difference between "desvelar" and "revelar" below.
desvelar(
dehs
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beh
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lahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to prevent from sleeping)
a. to keep awake
La película de terror me desveló.The horror movie kept me awake.
2. (to discover)
a. to reveal
Afortunadamente, un testigo pudo desvelar la identidad del atacante.Thankfuly, a witness was able to reveal the attacker's identity.
b. to disclose
Los sospechosos de fraude tuvieron que desvelar sus registros bancarios a las autoridades.The fraud suspects had to disclose their bank records to the authorities.
c. to uncover
Los detectives lograron desvelar el misterio.The detectives were able to uncover the mystery.
desvelarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to be kept awake)
a. to be unable to get to sleep
Anoche me desvelé porque hacía muchísimo calor.Last night I was unable to get to sleep because it was really hot.
b. to stay awake
Mis amigas y yo nos desvelamos en la pijamada.My friends and I stayed awake at the sleepover.
4. (to work hard)
a. to do one's utmost
Los voluntarios se desvelan para que las víctimas de la inundación reciban la ayuda.Volunteers are doing their utmost to make sure the flood victims receive aid.
b. to do one's best
Hay que desvelarse hasta alcanzar los sueños.We have to do our best until we achieve our dreams.
c. to make every effort
Mis padres se desvelaron para que yo pudiera ir a la universidad.My parents made every effort so that I could go to college.
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revelar(
rreh
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beh
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lahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to divulge)
a. to reveal
Se negó a revelar el secreto de la familia.She refused to reveal the family's secret.
b. to disclose
No reveles información personal a desconocidos.Don't disclose any personal information to strangers.
2. (to show signs of)
a. to reveal
Su descuidada redacción revelaba falta de profesionalidad.His sloppy writing revealed a lack of professionalism.
b. to show
Sus ojos revelaban pena.Her eyes showed sorrow.
3. (photography)
a. to develop
El fotógrafo reveló las fotos que tomó en la boda.The photographer developed the photos he took at the wedding.
revelarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to show oneself)
a. to reveal oneself
Pablo se reveló como un gran cantante de ópera.Pablo revealed himself as a great opera singer.
5. (to show itself)
a. to prove to be
Pronto el Internet se reveló indispensable para la vida moderna.The Internet soon proved to be indispensable for modern life.
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